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North Dakota Democratic-NPL chairman won't run for another term

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL

BISMARCK -- The chairman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL will step down later this year, the party said Monday, Jan. 14.

Warren Larson told fellow Democrats over the weekend he wouldn't run for a full two-year term as chairman, according to a news release. In June, he took over the job from Kylie Oversen, who resigned during her unsuccessful bid for state tax commissioner.

Larson previously served as the party's vice chairman from 2015 to 2018. His term as chairman ends in April.

The party didn't announce a succession plan Monday.

Democrats gained a few seats in the state Legislature during the 2018 election cycle but remain vastly outnumbered. They also lost their only statewide elected official, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, cementing Republican dominance over the state's political landscape.

But Larson sounded an optimistic note in a statement Monday, arguing that the party is "the financially strongest it's been in years."

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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